Sunday, August 13, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert August 13 – August 15, 2017

Baltimore Activist Alert August 13 – August 15, 2017

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  
4] Two friends are looking to buy a house in Baltimore
5] Hike Beyond Coal – Aug. 13
6] Recycling – Aug. 13
7] Black Lives Matter vigil – Aug. 13
8] Work on a farm. -- Aug. 13
9] Oppose Mandatory Minimums – Aug. 13

10] Comment about Consent Decree – Aug. 13
11] Protest at the Pentagon – Aug. 14
12] Baltimore Billion Steps – Aug. 14
13] Support DACA – Aug. 15
14] Reading Program at the Maryland SPCA – Aug. 15 & 19 
15] Peace vigil – Aug. 15
16] Protest drone research – Aug. 15
17] See the film DEAD MAN WALKING Aug. 15
18] Book talk RADICAL GOTHAM – Aug. 15
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski at  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at

4] – Janice and Max are looking to buy a house in Baltimore.  Let Max know if you have any leads—410-323-1607 or mobuszewski 2001 at comcast dot net.

5] – Hike Beyond Coal to Clean Water on Sun., Aug. 13 from 10:30 AM  to 1:30 PM  at 16340 Teagues Point Rd., Hughesville, MD 20637. Contact Alexandra Bull at or (802) 338-7601. Come get a close look at the Chalk Point Generating Station, a coal burning plant right on the border of Prince George's and Charles Counties. This plant is spewing pollution into the air and into the river (on which it directly sits)! Take a 45 minute hike to a vista on the Patuxent River, stopping for lunch, and then heading back (for about 2 and a half hours roundtrip).  If you want to carpool, go to

6] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 AM to noon.  On Sun., Aug. 13, the Sunday Platform is “Let's Get Real About Renewables” with Stuart Hirsch.  Mass development of renewable resources has been proposed, almost to the exclusion of traditional fossil fuels and nuclear energy. But over-hyping and overselling of renewables may actually delay the use of cleaner and more efficient energy sources, and the efficient use of energy. Overselling renewables will reduce living standards, especially among those with low incomes and resources. The appropriate use of renewables will be discussed, as well as their important role in humanity’s future. The talk will conclude with a discussion of what will hopefully be our clean energy future, minimizing climate change and assuring our greatest prosperity. This will be our greatest challenge as the ethical community, Americans and global citizens. Call 410-581-2322 or email

7] – On Sun., Aug.13 from 4 to 5 PM, come to a Black Lives Matter Columbia vigil at Governor Warfield Parkway and Windstream Drive. We are all connected, and so ALL lives can't matter until BLACK lives matter.

8] – On Sun., Aug. 13 from 10 AM to 3 PM, there is a Charm City Farms Workday at the Barn, 1310 Hillman St., Baltimore 21202. There will be plenty to harvest, and weeds to pull and compost to turn.

9] – On Mon., Aug. 14 from 4 to 5 PM, Oppose Mandatory Minimums! Join the Press Conference Before Council Vote!  Come to Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. "If locking people up worked, Baltimore would be the safest city in the country." Mayor Pugh's mandatory minimum sentences bill will come before City Council for a vote.
10] – The Consent Decree for Baltimore City Police is in the final stages of selecting the Independent Monitor. You are invited to Community Forums for an opportunity to be heard and raise questions. Forums will be held on Tues., Aug. 15 from 6 to 8 PM at Baltimore City Community College, Fine Arts Auditorium, and on Wed., Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 PM at Morgan State University, Student Center, 2nd Floor, Ballroom C. If you are not able to attend, you may email questions to by Sun., Aug. 13. You can reached the Immigration Outreach Service Center at or 410-323-8564.

11] -- There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Aug. 13, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr. 

12] – Help Baltimore reach 1 billion steps by July 2018! Register at Post a picture of your walk on Twitter or Facebook, tag it w/ #BaltimoreBillion by Mon., Aug. 14 at 5 PM! Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Baltimore City Health Department, along with local companies and community organizations are launching the Billion Steps Challenge. We have one year to walk 1 BILLION STEPS in an effort to get Baltimore moving and living a healthier and active lifestyle. Don’t miss the chance to make your steps count!

13] – Take to the streets to protect immigrant youth and DACA! On Tues., August 15 at 11:30 AM in Lafayette Square, Pennsylvania Ave. NW & 16th St. NW, WDC 20001. Today, 800,000 immigrant undocumented youth have protection from deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) means safety, it means being able to earn a paycheck to buy medicine for your mom, it means peace of mind, and opportunity. In a sea of bad news, DACA is a shining light of good news. RSVP at

14] – The Summer Reading Program at the Maryland SPCA and Project Adopt helps both children by strengthening their reading skills and the animals by giving them company, which helps to reduce stress if they are anxious in a kennel environment. The Summer Reading Program runs Tuesdays from 3 to 4 PM until the end of August at the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211, and on Saturdays from 1 to 2 PM at Project Adopt in White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., Baltimore 21236. There is no fee for the reading program, but space is limited and registration is required. Go to the Reading Program @ the MD SPCA on Tuesdays and the Reading Program @ Project Adopt on Saturdays.

15] –  Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is August 15.  Call 215-426-0364.

16] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. join this ongoing vigil on August 15 from 5:30  to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-323-1607. 

17] –  On Tues., Aug. 15 at 7 PM, attend the Pacem in Terris Film Series— The Best Peace and Justice Films of the Last 50 years—and see  “Dead Man Walking at Westminster Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington.  Sally Milbury-Steen, founder of Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty and PhD in Contemporary Literature, will lead the discussion.  Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean C.S.J., “Dead Man Walking” considers redemption and the death penalty in this emotionally-charged film which details the relationship between Louisiana death row inmate Matthew Poncelet and Sister Helen, his spiritual adviser. As Sister Helen fights for Poncelet’s death sentence to be communicated to life imprisonment, the two develop a bond. She urges him to take responsibility for the crimes upon his execution, and Poncelet admits to the killing of the young couple and conveys to their families his hopes his death will bring them peace.

18] – On Tues., Aug. 15 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, meet Tom Govens, author of RADICAL GOTHAM. New York City's identity as a cultural and artistic center, as a point of arrival for millions of immigrants sympathetic to anarchist ideas, and as a hub of capitalism made the city a unique and dynamic terrain for anarchist activity. For 150 years, Gotham's cosmopolitan setting created a unique interplay between anarchism's human actors and an urban space that invites constant reinvention. In the book, Goyens gathers essays that demonstrate anarchism's endurance as a political and cultural ideology and movement in New York from the 1870s to 2011. The authors cover the gamut of anarchy's emergence in and connection to the city. Some offer important new insights on German, Italian, and Yiddish- and Spanish-speaking anarchists. Others explore anarchism's influence on religion, politics, and the visual and performing arts. A concluding essay looks at Occupy Wall Street's roots in New York City's anarchist tradition.  Call 443-602-7585.  RSVP at

To be continued.

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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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